The Toronto Maple Leafs were able to neutralize Anaheim's offence, limiting them to one goal in the Leafs 3-1 victory over the Ducks. Connor Brown, Patrick Marleau and Leo Komarov scored for the Leafs, while Ondrej Kase added the Ducks lone tally.
-In Frederik Andersen's first start against his former club, he finally started to look like the goalie that the Leafs traded for. After struggling in the teams first stretch of games, Andersen really found his groove against the Ducks, making 28 saves in the victory. This is very important in the grand scheme of things for Toronto, with a reliable Andersen, the sky is the limit for this Leafs team.
-After Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock shuffled the lines, the James Van Riemsdyk-Patrick Marleau-Connor Brown line came to play in Anaheim. Marleau's familiarity with the Western style of game played a factor, he scored the game winner on a feed from Ron Hainsey. The game winner was the 100th of Marleau's career. Midway through the first, Brown scored his fourth of the year on a nice pass from Van Riemsdyk, showing that maybe these three might have an encore audition together in Los Angeles.
-Defence has been the main concern for the Leafs, but it had one of their better showings in Anaheim. They did a great job limiting chances, and were able to use active sticks to close lanes. Jake Gardiner played a very steady 24:29, and was solid in transition for Toronto. Ron Hainsey was in on two leaf goals, adding a pair of assists with his 22:52 of ice time. Hainsey leads Leafs defenceman with seven even strength points, all assists.
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